By Brett Kast
The Bath-DeWitt Connection
At it’s recent meeting on Nov 12, the DeWitt City Council allowed for 15 road blockades on Saturday, December 6 for the annual DDA Christmas Market. The event features numerous family events starting at 2 p.m., all the way until the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m..
The event features two heated tents, many local crafters and vendors, music, and other events. The Bridge Street Hair Company we also be present for their Whoville Hair Salon, where they will give families hairdos resembling those from the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
The Christmas Market is relatively new, beginning within the last 10 years. DDA Coordinator Linda Kahler is in charge of the event.
“The DDA used to be run by volunteers… since it was turned over to paid positions, we’ve seen more growth and popularity.” Kahler said. “The events are just growing as were able to run those events more effectively.”
Kahler is also behind the Dewitt Farmers Market, which has been a huge success throughout the summer in Downtown Dewitt.
A few of the biggest events at the Christmas Market also help give back to the community. After 5 p.m., there will be two main races. One is for children, called the Reindeer Run, and the Santa Run is for adults. Both races cost $10 to join, and take place throughout the streets of downtown, where kids run dressed as Reindeer and adults run dressed as Santa. Both of these races help benefit local food banks. One of those food banks is located right inside St. Jude Catholic Church.
“Last year was the first year they had the Santa run,” Tina Simon of the St. Jude Food Pantry said.
St. Jude is one of the larger food pantries in the area, and mainly helps those within the Dewitt community during their time of need. Last years Santa Run donated about $4,500 to local food banks.
“Dewitt is a vibrant nice community.. they tend to be very giving,” Simon said.
Families are only allowed to visit the food pantry once a month. The food pantry usually helps around seven per week during the summer, but the holidays see an increase in that number.
“In colder weather, we have a tendency to help more families.. We typically give out a dozen sets of food each week,” Simon said.
After the race, there is a Light Parade open to any local business that wishes to have some sort of float. The only stipulation is it must have lights, because the parade leads directly into the annual tree lighting ceremony.
Now that the road blockades passed through City Council, the DDA is able to use the streets throughout Downtown Dewitt to host the event.